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Re: Older Episode Theories
« Reply #90 on: September 25, 2013, 02:18:09 pm »
i never saw how that promoted hitting. it was all about not hitting people, (unless you are annoyed by d.w. than its a revenge episode.  8) )
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« Reply #91 on: September 26, 2013, 08:08:33 pm »
I know,right?
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« Reply #92 on: October 15, 2013, 09:33:28 pm »
yep, even that one.  :o I'm still having nightmares.
Even the lesbian episode Sugartime from Postcards from Buster?

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« Reply #93 on: October 16, 2013, 10:07:45 pm »
*yawn* I watched it to see what all the fuss was about. I wouldn't be surprised if they took it off the channels because of the bad acting. (then again, I'm surprised they didn't do that for ALL PFB episodes.) I am not pro-gay, (I know, so old-fashioned.  :P ) but that episode wasn't anything to get worked up about.   ::)
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« Reply #94 on: October 17, 2013, 12:15:02 am »
How true. The kid with 2 mom's was really no  big deal.  We were all expecting naked mud wrestling or something when the  federal government went on the crusade. I don't know why George's Bush's education minister got in such a big snit over something so trivial. I think it had more to do with the republican party wanting to punish big bad PBS.

PS the acting was bad because it was not acting . It was documentary unless you are saying Buster or the band were bad acting. The band was pretty bad now that I think about it. They were singer musicians not actors. Bad idea.

Glad you guys saw it . It isn't shown in many places in the US. Only a few affiliates run the original version.

*yawn* I watched it to see what all the fuss was about. I wouldn't be surprised if they took it off the channels because of the bad acting. (then again, I'm surprised they didn't do that for ALL PFB episodes.) I am not pro-gay, (I know, so old-fashioned.  :P ) but that episode wasn't anything to get worked up about.   ::)

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Re: Older Episode Theories
« Reply #95 on: October 30, 2013, 12:23:12 pm »
I had thought that "What Scared Sue Ellen/Clarissa is ****" was supposed to be on sometime this month, so I went back to check the schedule, and it said it was airing on Monday, October 28... believe it or not, my PBS pre-empted ARTHUR that day for some hour-long CURIOUS GEORGE Halloween special.  :P

Oh well, at least "Fernkenstein's Monster/D.W., Dancing Queen" is on today, that's a good one.
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« Reply #96 on: October 30, 2013, 04:22:25 pm »
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I think it had more to do with the republican party wanting to punish big bad PBS.

To think!  After all he's done for them, too...  :'(

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Re: Older Episode Theories
« Reply #97 on: October 30, 2013, 05:36:06 pm »
Well dang! For some reason, ARTHUR'S pre-empted AGAIN today, this time, for Biz Kid$...

Gee whiz, the only two times GOOD ARTHUR episodes were playing this week, and they get pre-empted both times... it's like this is a conspiracy theory or something!

Well... *Sigh* at least I got "What Scared Sue Ellen?/Clarissa is ****" on tape, and I guess I can head to YouTube for "Fernkenstein's Monster/D.W., Dancing Queen". Ugh.

One thing though, I'll have to get used to ARTHUR being on 4:30 again; it actually USED to be on 4:30 YEARS ago, then a few years back it was bumped up to 4:00, which took getting used to, and now it's back at 4:30 again, which I'll have to get used to again. :p
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« Reply #98 on: October 30, 2013, 06:52:34 pm »
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Well dang! For some reason, ARTHUR'S pre-empted AGAIN today, this time, for Biz Kid$...

In the age of harsh economies, lessons in money handling are viewed as more important than the adventures of cartoon animal-people - a sign of the times. I don't think the newer seasons are doing as well as one would hope, and reruns only gather so much in the ratings after a while. It doesn't help PBS tends to cycle shows around, and programs that have been running longer are usually more prone to getting shafted than something created within the last 5 years.

I don't remember when Arthur aired on the local stations back in its heyday - I'll have to see if the archives reveal anything. WPT no longer airs it, but MPTV still does - 6 AM and 3:30 PM. The 6 AM time is probably more for those who wish to record the show instead of expecting anyone to be up at that time.

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« Reply #99 on: October 30, 2013, 07:53:07 pm »
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In the age of harsh economies, lessons in money handling are viewed as more important than the adventures of cartoon animal-people - a sign of the times.

All the more reason to rerun all of those classic Muffy episodes in which she imparts her priceless knowledge of how to make money at the expense of others...  ;)
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« Reply #100 on: November 01, 2013, 09:31:08 am »
When I looked at the December schedule earlier, I was desperate to see some god old quality stuff, but NOTHING was there, not even anything past season 9!
Season 16 episodes 8-10 are going to rerun in December, but other than that, nothing else is there.
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« Reply #101 on: November 05, 2013, 05:50:40 pm »
I disagree; looking at the December schedule, I see Season 8 will be airing in rotation with 16... 8 was really the last good season the show had - I see a number of my favorites airing in December, so that's definitely something to look forward to! Not to mention, as always, the Season 1 finale, "Arthur's First Sleepover / Arthur's New Year's Eve" is reserved for, well, New Year's Eve. :p

But, ahh, it sure was nice to finally see a good episode again for once today (well, half of one, anyway). But whenever I watch "Cast Away", it brings something to mind... the family dynamics almost seem like a divorce, which I'm sure wasn't the intention, but the way Arthur and D.W. argue over who gets to spend the weekend with which parent, it just almost feels like they're divorced: like the way Arthur and D.W. particularly fight over who gets to spend the weekend with David makes it seem like Jane has custody of them and like the weekends are visitation rights or something. Or maybe I'm just not used to having siblings around (I was a menopause baby, my siblings were pretty much grown up and out of the house by the time I came along) and aren't familiar with those kind of compromises. "Cast Away" is still good nonetheless.
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« Reply #102 on: November 06, 2013, 06:53:38 pm »
Okay, so based on the schedules that we've been keeping up with in this thread over the year, I took the liberty of putting together a timeline for the entire year, to see just exactly how often good episodes were aired and how often bad episodes were aired, in just this past year. Good episodes are presented in green, bad episodes in red, and Season 16 and 17 are yellow since they're more subjective.

Also, there are a number of dates that I wasn't able to record information for, so the fact that nothing was mentioned for those specific dates indicates that bad episodes were aired those days.

1/01: N/A
1/02: N/A
1/03: N/A
1/04: N/A
1/07: N/A
1/08: N/A
1/09: N/A
1/10: N/A
1/11: N/A
1/14: N/A
1/15: N/A
1/16: N/A
1/17: N/A
1/18: N/A
1/21: N/A
1/22: N/A
1/23: N/A
1/24: N/A
1/25: N/A
1/28: N/A
1/29: N/A
1/30: N/A
1/31: N/A
2/01: N/A
2/04: N/A
2/05: N/A
2/06: N/A
2/07: N/A
2/08: N/A
2/11: N/A
2/12: N/A
2/13: N/A

2/14:  “Flea to Be You and Me / Kiss and Tell”
2/15: N/A
2/18: N/A
2/19: N/A
2/20: N/A
2/21: N/A
2/22: N/A
2/25: N/A
2/26: N/A
2/27: N/A
2/28: N/A
3/01: N/A
3/04: N/A
3/05: N/A
3/06: N/A
3/07: N/A
3/08: N/A
3/11: N/A
3/12: N/A
3/13: N/A
3/14: N/A
3/15: N/A
3/18: N/A
3/19: N/A
3/20: N/A
3/21: N/A
3/22: N/A
3/25: N/A
3/26: N/A
3/27: N/A
3/28: N/A
3/29: N/A
4/01: N/A
4/02: N/A

4/03:  “Francine’s Split Decision / Muffy Goes Metropolitan”
4/04: N/A
4/05: N/A

4/08:  “Ants in Arthur’s Pants / Don’t Ask Muffy”
4/09: “Muffy’s Classy Classics / Best Enemies”
4/10: N/A
4/11: N/A

4/12:  “Elwood City Turns 100!”
4/15:  “To Tibble the Truth / Waiting to Go”
4/16:  “D.W.’s Time Trouble / Buster’s Amish Mismatch”

4/17: N/A
4/18:  “Pick a Car, Any Car / Jenna’s Bedtime Blues”
4/19:  “The World of Tomorrow / Is There a Doctor in the House?”
4/22: "D.W. Thinks Big / Arthur Cleans Up"
4/23: "Dear Adil / Bitzi's Break-Up"

4/24: "The Wheel Deal / The Buster Report"
4/25: "Fernfern and the Secret of Moose Mountain / Thanks a Lot, Binky"
4/26: "The Agent of Change / D.W. Unties the Knot"
4/29: "All About D.W. / Blockheads"
4/30: "Nicked by a Name / The Play's the Thing"
5/01: "Get Smart / Baby Steps"
5/02: "Falafelosophy / The Great Lint Rush"
5/03: "Night of the Tibble / Read and Flumberghast"
05/13: "Fernkenstein's Monster / D.W. Dancing Queen"
05/14: "Vomitrocious / Sue Ellen Chickens Out"

05/15: "Is That Kosher? / Never Never Never"
05/16: "Desk Wars / Desperately Seeking Stanley"
05/17: "Muffy's Art Attack / Tales From the Crib"

05/20: "Flea to Be You and Me / Kiss and Tell"
05/21: "The Last Tough Customer / Brain's Chess Mess"
05/22: "Big Horns George / Bleep"
05/23: "Baseball Blues / Brain's Biggest Blunder"
05/24: "Tales of Grotesquely Grim Bunny / Pet Projects"

05/27: "Buster's Book Battle / On the Buster Scale" (16)
05/28: "Follow the Bouncing Ball / Buster Baxter and the Letter From the Sea" (14)
05/29: "Fern and the Case of the Stolen Story / Sue Ellen Vegges Out" (16)
05/30: "Around the World in 11 Minutes / Muffy and the Big Bad Blog" (14)
05/31: "Arthur Unravels / All the Rage" (14)
06/03: "The Curse of the Grebes / Arthur Changes Gears" (10)
06/04: "Castles in the Sky / Tipping the Scales" (9)
06/05: "The A Team / Emily Swallows a Horse" (9)
06/06: "Francine's Big Top Trouble / George Blows His Top" (9)
06/07: "Arthur Weighs In / The Law of the Jungle Gym" (9)
6/10: "Buster's Green Thumb / My Fair Tommy" (9)
6/11: "Lights, Camera, Opera! / All Worked Up" (9)
6/12: "Arthur Makes Waves / It Came From Beyond" (9)
6/13: "Fifteen" (15)
6/14: "Three's a Crowd / A is for Angry" (9)
6/17: "D.W. Beats All / Buster the Myth Maker" (9)
6/18: "I Wanna Hold Your Hand / Whistling in the Wind" (15)
6/19: "Binky Goes Nuts / Breezy Listening Blues" (9)
6/20: "Buster's Secret Admirer / The Last King of Lambland" (15)
6/21: "Cents-less / Buster the Lounge Lizard" (15)
6/24: "To Eat or Not to Eat / S.W.E.A.T." (15)
6/25: "Happy Anniversary" (10)
6/26: "The Squirrels / Fern and Persimmony Glitchet" (10)
6/27: "Grandpa Dave's Memory Album / Buster's Carpool Catastrophe" (15)
6/28: "Desert Island Dish / The Secret About Secrets" (10)
7/01: "Prunella the Packrat / What's in a Name?" (15)
7/02: "Feeling Flush / Family Fortune" (10)
7/03: "D.W. Aims High / Flaw and Order" (10)
7/04: "Buster's Garden of Grief / Through the Looking Glasses" (15)
7/05: "The Butler Did...What? / The Trouble With Trophies" (15)
7/08: "What's Cooking? / Buster's Special Delivery" (10)
7/09: "Unfinished / D.W., Bossy Boots" (10)
7/10: "Do You Speak George? / World Girls" (10)

7/11: "Based on a True Story" (16)
7/12: "All About D.W. / Blockheads" (16)

7/15: "Swept Away / Germophobia" (11)
7/16: "Flippity Francine / Muffy Takes the Wheel" (16)
7/17: "Get Smart
/ Baby Steps" (16)
7/18: "Arthur Sells Out / Mind Your Manners" (11)

7/19: "Night of the Tibble / Read and Flumberghast" (16)
7/22: "Buenas Noches, Vicita / Prunella Packs It In" (11-3)
7/23: "The Last Tough Customer / Brain's Chess Mess" (16-6)
7/24: "Phony Fern / Brain's Shocking Secret" (11-4)
7/25: "Baby Kate and the Imaginary Mystery / Strangers on a Train" (11-5)

7/26: "Buster's Book Battle / On the Buster Scale" (16-8)
7/29: "Baseball Blues / Brain's Biggest Blunder" (16-7)

7/30: "The 'A' Team / Emily Swallows a Horse" (9-8)
7/31: "The Curse of the Grebes / Arthur Changes Gears" (10-6)
8/01: "When Carl Met George / D.W. Swims With the Fishes" (13-6)
8/02: "The Wheel Deal / The Buster Report" (14-1)
8/05: "The Making of Arthur / Dancing Fools" (11-6)
8/06: "Is That Kosher? / Never, Never, Never" (12-1)
8/07: "Francine's Pilfered Paper / Buster Gets Real" (11-8)

8/08: "Fern and the Case of the Stolen Story / Sue Ellen Vegges Out" (16-9)
8/09: "Big Brother Binky" (11-10)
8/12: "D.W.'s Stray Netkitten / Bats in the Belfry" (12-3)

8/13: "So Funny I Forgot to Laugh / The Best Day Ever" (16-10)
8/14: "For the Birds / Ungifted" (12-4)
8/15: "The Chronicles of Buster / On This Spot" (12-5)

8/16: "The Cherry Tree / Matchmaker, Matchbreaker (12-6)
08/19: "War of the Worms / I Owe You One" (12-7)
08/20: "The Blackout
/ Mei Lin Takes a Stand" (12-8)
08/21: "Home Sweet Home / Do You Believe in Magic?" (12-9)
08/22: "The Perfect Game / D.W.'s Furry Freakout" (12-10)
08/23: "Arthur and the Big Riddle / Double Dare" (5-1)
08/26: "The Silent Treatment / Kung Fool" (13-2)
08/27: "Kids Are From Earth, Parents Are From Pluto / Nerves of Steal" (5-2)
08/28: "Arthur's Number Nightmare / Brain Gets Hooked" (13-3)
08/29: "It's a No-Brainer / The Shore Thing" (5-3)
08/30: "MacFrensky / The Good, the Bad, and the Binky" (13-4)
9/02: "The World Record / The Cave" (5.4)
9/03: "No Acting, Please / Prunella and the Disappointing Ending" (13.1)
9/04: "The Lousy Week / You Are Arthur" (5.5)
9/05: "When Carl Met George / D.W. Swims with the Fishes" (13.6)
9/06: "The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Tibble / The Secret Guardians" (13.7)
9/09: "The Election / Francine Goes to War" (5.6)
9/10: "Fernlets by Fern / Prunella and the Haunted Locker" (13.8)
9/11: "Paradise Lost / The Pride of Lakewood" (13.9)
9/12: "Sleep No More / Pet Peeved" (5.7)
9/13: "Looking for Bonnie / The Secret Origin of Supernova" (13.10)
9/16: N/A
9/17: N/A
9/18: N/A
9/19: N/A
9/20: N/A
9/23: N/A
9/24: N/A
9/25: N/A
9/26: N/A
9/27: N/A
9/30: N/A
10/01: N/A
10/02: N/A
10/03: N/A
10/04: N/A
10/07: N/A
10/08: N/A
10/09: N/A
10/10: N/A
10/11: N/A
10/14: N/A
10/15: N/A
10/16: N/A
10/17: N/A
10/18: N/A
10/21: N/A
10/22: N/A
10/23: N/A
10/24: N/A
10/25: N/A

10/28: Prempted
10/30: Prempted
10/31: “Hic or Treatment / Mr. Always Right” (11.7)
11/01: “Muffy’s Classy Classics / Best Enemies” (15.8)
11/04: “Buster’s Garden of Grief / Through the Looking Glass” (15.9)

11/05: “Cast Away / The Great Sock Mystery” (7.1)
11/06: “The Butler Did… What? / The Trouble with Trophies” (15.10)
11/07: “Francine’s Split Decision / Muffy Goes Metropolitan” (7.2)
11/08: “Ants in Arthur’s Pants / Don’t Ask Muffy” (7.3)

11/11: “Show Off / Dog’s Best Friend” (17.1)
11/12: “Adventures in Budylon / Ladonna Compson: Party Animal” (17.2)
11/13: “Molina’s Mulligan / Buster Bombs” (17.3)
11/14: “Opposites Distract / Just the Ticket” (17.4)
11/15: “All Thumbs / Kidonia” (17.5)

11/18: “To Tibble the Truth / Waiting to Go” (7.4)
11/19: “Elwood City Turns 100!” (7.5)

11/20: “The Boy Who Cried Comet / Arthur and Los Vecinos” (6.5)
11/21: “Pick a Car, Any Car / Jenna’s Bedtime Blues” (7.6)
11/22: “Based on a True Story” (16.1)
11/25: “D.W.’s Time Trouble / Buster’s Amish Mismatch” (7.7)
11/26: “Flippity Francine / Muffy Takes the Wheel” (16.2)
11/27: “The World of Tomorrow / Is There a Doctor in the House?” (7.8)
11/28: “Prunella Sees the Light / Return of the Snowball” (7.9)

11/29: “All About D.W. / Blockheads” (16.3)
12/02: “Dear Adil / Bitzi’s Breakup” (8.1)
12/03: “Get Smart / Baby Steps” (16.4)
12/04: “Night of the Tibble / Read and Flumberghast” (16.5)
12/05: “Fernfern and the Secret of Moose Mountain / Thanks a Lot, Binky!” (8.2)
12/06: “The Last Tough Customer / Brain’s Chess Mess” (16.6)
12/09: “Vomitrocious! / Sue Ellen Chickens Out” (8.5)
12/10: Prempted
12/11: “Buster’s Book Battle / On the Buster Scale” (16.7)
12/12: “Fern the Case of the Stolen Story / Sue Ellen Vegges Out” (16.9)
12/13: “So Funny I Forgot to Laugh / The Best Day Ever” (16.10)

12/16: “Desk Wars / Desperately Seeking Stanley” (8.7)
12/17: Prempted
12/18: “Muffy’s Art Attack / Tales from the Crib” (8.8)
12/19: “Big Horns George / Bleep” (8.10)

12/20: Prempted
12/23: “Arthur’s Snow Biz / Bugged” (8.3)
12/24: “Castle in the Skies / Tipping the Scale” (9.1)
12/25: Prempted
12/26: Prempted
12/27: Prempted
12/30: “Arthur’s First Sleepover / Arthur’s New Year’s Eve” (1.30)
12/31: “Arthur’s First Sleepover / Arthur’s New Year’s Eve” (1.30)


So this year, the amount of episodes that are considered good and watchable were only aired about a third or the entire year, while the rest of the year played poorer episodes, so this pretty much does confirm our suspicions that the good episodes are played considerably less than the bad episodes.

Also, notice that this past year, with the obvious exception of New Year's Eve, not once did we see an episode from the first four seasons.
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Re: Older Episode Theories
« Reply #103 on: November 08, 2013, 05:55:25 pm »
Also, notice that this past year, with the obvious exception of New Year's Eve, not once did we see an episode from the first four seasons.
April 22 had "D.W. Thinks Big" / "Arthur Cleans Up".
Yes, I overlooked that, sorry, thank you.

But that brings to mind another interesting note... it almost seems as if when it comes to Season 1, "D.W. Thinks Big / Arthur Cleans Up" is just about the only episode from that season that gets any mileage anymore... I wonder why? It's not exactly the greatest episode there is (Corra alone is the reason for that), and with it being the longest season, why just that one?
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Re: Older Episode Theories
« Reply #104 on: November 10, 2013, 02:31:59 am »
Strange, I watch Arthur in United Kingdom on CBBC and on weekdays it's been showing season one episodes in order starting with Arthur's eyes. I don't know why it isn't showing older episodes on PBS. Just thought that might be an interesting bit of information.
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